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JKCA To Conduct Selection Trials For State Team But Participation In The Upcoming Ranji Season Remains Uncertain 

JKCA To Conduct Selection Trials For State Team But Participation In The Upcoming Ranji Season Remains Uncertain
Beigh receiving the from the then JKCA President Farooq Abdullah after all-round performance in 203-14 Ranji Trophy season for J&K

Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association secretary Iqbal Shah has cited that lack of funds may force JKCA to pull out of the upcoming Ranji Trophy season.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administration (CoA), however, was not impressed with the activity and slammed the Iqbal in a strongly worded letter stating the “lack of funds” claim as misleading.

Earlier, JKCA made a failed attempt to convince the BCCI to write a letter to the J&K Bank asking the bank to de-freeze their account which has approximately Rs. 34 crore in it.

“Our accounts are blocked and there is no money,” Shah told Cricbuzz. “However, using credit, we’ve purchased balls and started the camp for Under-19 already. Similarly, we will begin our camps for the Under-23 and senior side from Saturday. We don’t have money to pay our groundsmen and umpires. They are working without any pay.”

Following allegations of financial misappropriation of funds, JKCA’s account was frozen in 2012. Also, the annual share the association was to receive from BCCI hasn’t been disbursed in the last five years.

This ongoing struggle briefly interfered with the training and selection trails which were put on hold. But, fortunately, the Jammu & Kashmir board has decided to begin their training camp and selection trails from Saturday.

Iqbal Shah, Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association’s general secretary, on Friday (September 15) confirmed that the trials for the Under-23 and the senior side would begin on the said days.

The core of the issue surrounding the instability in the Jammu & Kashmir cricket is due to the administrative power struggle. As of now, there are two parties claiming authority.

“An ombudsman, former chief justice of Patna High Court, has been appointed to look into the dispute and his report is expected to come out anytime soon.”

The selection trails, however, does not necessarily mean that JKCA will have representation in the 2017/2018 Ranji season which is set to begin in 21 days.

The decision regarding the bank accounts and allocation of funds has to be taken, or else JKCA will continue to remain without any resources at their disposal.

“I don’t know where the reports of Jammu & Kashmir not participating in Ranji Trophy came up from, but without any money, how can we send the players? It takes around Rs 7-8 Crore to send the team for a Ranji season.

“In the last two years, when Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke were there, BCCI would fund the team’s expenses,” he said. “So, now, we are starting our camp and keeping a team ready. As and when the fund comes, we will be in a position to participate. Why should the players suffer?”

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